Like its cousin the Prince nymph, the Zug Bug is a universally effective fly on nearly all trout streams. Originally intended for the Eastern waters, the Zug Bug has found to be very effective across the United States, finding great success in the Yellowstone Park area. Although it is designed as a nymph to be fished along the rock bottoms of rivers, I have found great success with it as a dropper behind a larger leach pattern while float tubing the mountain lakes of Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
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Tail: Green Peacock sword herl
Body: Peacock herl
Ribbing: Fine silver tinsel
Underbody: Thin Lead wire
Wing Case: Mallard Flank feather
Hackle: Brown soft hackle
- Start by covering the hook shank with lead wire, forming the profile of the finished pattern. Next take three stands of peacock herls about the same length as the hook shank and tie them in for the tail.
- Next, tie in a length of fine silver tinsel (or fine lead wire for added weight). This will be wrapped later.
- Tie in three to four stands of peacock herl. Hold them together and wrap the stands toward the head of the fly. Build gradually so the thorax is slightly thicker than the abdomen.
- Next, wrap the silver tinsel in even increments around the body of the fly and tie off.
- Take a mallard flank feather and tie in at the head so the feather extends over the body. Trim the feather to include only the first quarter or third of the body.
- Finally tie in and wrap a brown soft hackle feather at the eye of the hook. Tie off so that the hackle fiber lay back across the body of the fly.
- Whip finish.
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